Earlier today, I would have argued that the former “Tal’s Hill” in Minute Maid Park is / always was the ultimate ballpark weirdness. The fact that they got professional athletes to navigate an actual climb * and * a pole in games is outside me. But I think we have some legitimate challengers.
These may not be pro (or even college) ball parks, but they are some weird baseball diamonds, and it’s fun to imagine what impact each one will have on a game.
Take a look:
People post weird HS baseball field dimensions on r / baseball, and I could look at these forever pic.twitter.com/OecXuumDco
– Jomboy (@Jomboy_) April 5, 2020
Let’s zoom in on each.
Ballpark # 1: “The Hook” at Cecilia High School (Louisiana)
We have a handful of weird ball parks to enjoy today, but this is easily my favorite. Nicknamed “The Hook”, left field at Cecilia High School in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana must be the toughest defensive spot in baseball history. There is a large gap in the deep left field, which, unlike most other fields today, is surprisingly not even caused by an external factor. I guess that’s exactly how they like their outfields in Louisiana. I bet there are a lot more doubles and triples for right-handed batter in this park than anywhere else in the conference.
Simply the best.
Ballpark # 2: Right Field at East High School (Iowa)
Your eye may be drawn to another massive left field when you first check out East High School’s diamond in Des Moines, Iowa, but let them move to the right field. Or at least how correct the field would be if this was a regular ballpark. According to the original post, the right field encounters the football stadium’s pale, artificially shrinks the playing field itself, which has a yellow line that delimits the home run height.
If you have a rough outfield … I can have just the place.
Ballpark # 3: weird shapes at Sumner High School (Washington)
First, the dimensions of this stadium do not blush also unique, but make sure to follow the outfield wall. It is basically a straight line from left to left center, followed by another straight line from left center to right center, followed by god-knows what in the right center, and then an inverted arc in the right field.
Look again, now that I’ve marked the shape:
Absolutely ridiculous (and once again, shows very little respect for right-wingers).
But no matter what your little league coach told you, the right field is not the only place to give up a bad defender. Not when the rest of the park looks like our last …
Ballpark # 4: Shrinking Center at Redwood High School (California)
You will talk weird dimensions, what about 290 to the right, 290 to the left … 280 to center with a fixed fence in the midfield arc. If there was ever a stadium that would succeed with a college scholarship as a “midfielder”, Redwood High School is the place. It’s a completely ridiculous form of an outfield and an almost winner for my personal favorite.
If you want more, browse through the original thread … there are some doozies in there:
Servite High School in Anaheim, CA. pic.twitter.com/lcWWb8shvY
– Steve Granado (@SteveGranado) April 5, 2020
My high school field in Guthrie, OK. 275 down the lines with 20 feet of wall. Centerfield is also the football field, and they now play it without a CF fence. One of my favorite places to play and watch a game. pic.twitter.com/ORqWR0kUAi
– Sherman HS Baseball (@SHBearcatBSB) April 5, 2020
This was the weirdest I played on. Toms River South HS (Todd Frazier’s old paddock area). Won the state championship here back in 03. pic.twitter.com/vGIUYHoiCR
– Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) April 5, 2020
Which is your favorite? Do you have a nice high school?